Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

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April Seminar

Wednesday 13 April 2022 03:00 pm until Wednesday 13 April 2022 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Lauren De Losa
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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Thinking about governance of disability services and the paradox of using behaviour interventions for emotional issues
Our first presentation reviews literature from other sectors to examine whether boards of directors of disability service providers can govern their organisations’ quality and safeguarding. Our second presentation provides an argument for the use of emotional interventions to manage distress among people with intellectual disabilities.

Governing for quality and safeguarding: A new arena for boards of directors of disability service providers? What can be learnt from other sectors?

Dr Alan Hough, Director, Purpose at Work

Commissions of inquiry, legislators and regulators are promoting board responsibility for quality and safe service provision by their organisations. This challenges traditional notions that boards should keep out of what might be seen as operational issues. There is no empirical literature on how disability provider boards can influence quality and safeguarding. In contrast, there is a substantial literature on board influence on quality in the health sector and a small but developing literature on board influence on work health and safety. This presentation examines what might be learnt from both literatures and considers what findings might – and might not – be transferable to the governance of disability service providers. Initial ideas on a research agenda will be provided.

Helping distressed people with intellectual disabilities to manage their chaotic emotions: The paradox

Adjunct Professor Jennifer Clegg, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

This presentation addresses a paradox concerning the 40% of people with intellectual disabilities who show challenging behaviour, mental health problems, or both. Why do Anglophone countries meet such distress primarily with behavioural rather than emotional interventions? Philosophical understandings of ‘paradox’ vary; it is used here in the sense of a classification problem. Increasing deployment of the ambiguous term ‘attachment behaviour’ serves to gloss over a conceptual gap that we should notice. Moreover, when a paradox recurs in a field of endeavour, attending to it fosters renewal because finding a new way out opens important conceptual doors. Describing some subtle indicators of attachment-related distress that suggest emotional experiences, new ways to assess and respond to those emotions will be outlined.



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